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1,085 schools in 8 districts running with single teacher

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 17 - Altogether 1,085 schools in the districts of Barpeta, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Hailakandi, Kamrup (Metro), Lakhimpur, Morigaon and West Karbi Anglong are running with a single teacher.

This was revealed by Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while sharing the findings of Gunoutsav, an infrastructure and academic evaluation exercise of the State government.

Sarma said that the State government will have to bear an additional burden of around Rs 1,000 crore for execution of remedial measures if the Gunoutsav recommendations are implemented.

It has come to the fore that 4,622 teachers� posts need to be filled up in these districts, apart from effecting transfers from schools having excess teachers. �At present, there are 2,653 schools with excess teachers in the districts covered so far,� he said.

The report also suggested that 5,568 new classrooms have to be built and 5,610 partitions constructed in 4,003 existing classrooms.

Of the 12,286 schools covered in the first phase of Gunoutsav (evaluation exercise) in the above mentioned districts, a meagre 777 (6 per cent) schools were graded as A+. The number of schools graded �A� stands at 2,323 (19 per cent), he told reporters here today.

The districts which were included in the first phase of evaluation includes Barpeta, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Hailakandi, Kamrup (Metro), Lakhimpur, Morigaon and West Karbi Anglong.

As far as individual (students) evaluation in lower primary schools (Class II to V) is concerned, only 15 per cent of them were bracketed as A+, while those graded as A stands at 10 per cent. The remaining students were B, C and D graders. Those graded as D comprised 48 per cent of the total students evaluated.

As far as upper primary students are concerned, only 20 per cent of the total students evaluated were graded as A+, while the percentage of those graded A was 13 per cent. Thirty seven per cent of them were graded as D.

The minister added that of the total 9,11,588 students targeted, only 7,15,930 could actually be evaluated, which raises apprehensions of inflated attendance numbers, which could be linked to mid-day meal or other benefits provided in schools.

The second phase of Gunoutsav will begin on September 19, he added.

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